Late Spring

latespring2How could one six-inch-tall plant embody the profusion of mid-May?
And yet it does.

‘Little Plum’ lewisia steps out. Treasured gem of rock gardens, no commonplace bedding plant, it sits poised in its warm stone trough, backed by soft boxwoods.

At first, it is tidy and demure, surrounded by fleshy green rosettes. Then suddenly,
its diminutive cancan skirts kick open. Phosphorescent salmon and pink blooms swirl in a kaleidoscope of green.

As days pass, more ‘Little Plum’ emerges, delicate and stalwart. The bright sparks on the entrance path shine as a hallmark of Walnut Hill.

 

— Kathy Hudson

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